Fall hello

6 Fall Cleaning Tips

Now that summer has ended and school is back in session, it’s time to get your house in order before the holidays hit. Since we have to spend more time indoor anyway now that the weather is cooler, why not use this month to do some fall cleaning. Here are some chores to accomplish:

1. Switch out Clothing

Go through closets and drawers and remove summer clothing. Clean it and store it away for next summer. While you’re doing this process, cull out items that you didn’t wear or that don’t fit any more and put them into the “donate” pile. Get rid of stained, faced or torn clothing.

Rotate in your fall and winter wardrobe, going through the same culling process. Pull out old coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves and hats you just don’t love any longer and consider donating them to one of our local charities or shelters.

2. Wash the Windows

You have just enough warm days left to wash the windows left dirty by summer storms. After all, you want to let in as much of that warm winter light as possible.

3. Change out Bedding

Switch the sheets, blankets and comforters from summer weight to winter’s warmth. Bring out the afghans, blankets and pillows that create a cozy nook on a cool fall evening. If you’re buying new items, donate the old ones.

4. Pack Away Summer

The pools are closed, so bring in the pool and yard toys. Begin to winterize other outdoor furnishings, accessories and toys by washing them thoroughly and storing them inside your home or shed. Pack up summertime-use items like your picnic basket, coolers, camping gear, and decorations until next year.

5. Clean the Kitchen

In addition to cleaning up the outdoor grill, take an afternoon to go through your kitchen cabinets. Check foods for expiration dates and rotate through older dates, wipe down cabinets and the inside of the refrigerator and pull out the dishes you’ll be using for holiday entertaining. Refresh the linens as well, changing out summer tablecloths for fall patterns.

6. Donate Excess Items Through 123JUNK

Once you’ve started fall chores, finish them up. Go room by room so you don’t leave a room half done, and so that the fall cleaning isn’t overwhelming. Collect those items you’ve designated as “donate” into one pile. Then call 123JUNK. We’ll be glad to pick them up for you and deliver them to one of our charity partners and deliver you a receipt of your donation for deduction on your tax returns. That way you’ll be helping someone else get ready for fall too.

Then sit back and enjoy your beautiful, clean surroundings by a crackling fire. Ah, fall.

Contact 123JUNK today to schedule your donation pickup. And don’t forget that we take furniture, household goods, old electronics and almost anything else you want to get rid of.

Clutter diet

It’s Been Proven! Clutter Causes Weight Gain!

Do you find yourself adding on a few pounds each year and don’t know why? Your house might be the cause!

Take a look around your house. Is your home overweight? Is every nook and cranny stuffed with junk? Studies have proven a connection between excessive clutter and weight gain. Here’s why:

Clutter Impedes Activity

Clutter makes it difficult to move around the house, therefore limiting the movements you can make. It is also depressing to look at, which causes you avoid looking at it. So clutter builds up. And the more it builds up, the less likely you are to have the energy to deal with it. It creates a feeling of lethargy. So you might say, “I hate that the house looks so messy all the time,” and head to the refrigerator to make yourself feel better.

Clutter Makes it Difficult to Make Meals

If the kitchen counters are filled with clutter, you won’t feel like making a proper meal. Instead, you’ll grab for that fast food, pizza or bag of chips to satisfy your hunger. And those empty calories can add pounds to your figure quickly.

Having a junk-filled kitchen also make it difficult to find the tools you need to cook. It’s much easier to open the freezer and pull out a ready-to-eat frozen entrée filled with salt and fat.

Clutter Causes Embarrassment

When you’re embarrassed about how your house looks, you’re not likely to invite guests to visit and your self-worth plummets. Instead, you’ll likely sit in front of the TV for entertainment and nibble on junk food even if you’re not hungry. Using food to make yourself feel better is known as emotional eating.

Clutter is Stressful

A chaotic environment is a stressful environment. According to Peter Walsh, author of “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down,” “Stress alters the way fat is deposited because of specific hormones and other chemicals your body produces when you’re stress.” One chemical is betatrophin—a protein that block the enzyme responsible for breaking down body fat. His book cites a 2008 study that claims people living in cluttered environments were 77% more likely to be overweight or obese.

Overconsumption isn’t just about overeating. It’s also about over-collecting. Think about it, do you really need—or use—all of those items tucked into drawers, closets, attics and garages? When is the last time you actually used everything in your home?

The fear of going without can create the urge to stockpile items we may need “someday.” But most likely that “someday” will never come. And in the meanwhile, you’re stuck with all that stuff and its potential to cause weight gain.

123JUNK Can Help You Lose Excess Weight

One thing 123JUNK can do is remove all those extra pounds of excess stuff that’s lying around your house. That will free you up to feel better and possibly lose weight yourself!

Lose the clutter to avoid its effects on weight gain. Our 123JUNK junk hauling experts know just how to take the stress out of hauling away those unwanted and unused items that are cluttering up your house. And we’ll make it easy…all you have to do is make one pile and point us to it. We’ll load it up and take it away for you.

Don’t gain weight just because you have too much clutter. Call 123JUNK to schedule your junk hauling appointment today.